My Charity Work
In life and in this world, even though I deeply believe that no matter what race, gender, age, socioeconomic background or any other factor, we are all the same and bleed the same blood, not everyone is able to live in the most ideal conditions. I have always felt compelled to help those suffering from homelessness, loss, unchangeable medical conditions, and otherwise in whatever way I can. It is my obligation as a human being to lend a hand, or a meal, or even an acknowledgement that they too are human beings.
There are a few different organizations that I have been honored to be or to have been a part of providing service work, but I want to share with you guys two of the ones that have made the deepest impact and hopefully it will inspire you to get involved in your own communities in whatever interests you the most.
Capability Scotland is an adult daycare center in Edinburgh that provides activities and services for adults that have cerebral palsy. I was lucky enough to have spent a summer there 10 years ago and got to participate in music and art therapy, though I undoubtedly learned more from them than I could ever hope to teach. It was the first time I really got to see the healing and universal power of music and it warms my soul to this day.
Share-a-Meal is a non-profit organization that aids in feeding the homeless across different areas of my hometown, Los Angeles. Each week, the volunteers assemble healthy burritos on the Share-a-Meal food truck and pass them out to the homeless population along with water and clean socks.
Both of these have great meaning to me and I wanted to share with you all what really drives and inspires me. I got a second chance at life that most people never get and I am spending each day trying to make the most of it. We are all the same and all in this together so let’s go change the world!
Thank you to my Team
There are so many people, places, and things that I am grateful for each day and that help shape who I am, where I have been, and where I am going. These are a few of the tops:
My parents have always told me that they are my biggest cheerleaders and have been on the bleachers watching me express myself whether it was through basketball or music. They believe in me and have encouraged me to chase my dreams. They were there for me in the hospital to comfort me after my accident and they have always been there no matter what.
My brothers are two of the greatest men I know and I am so lucky to have such great, protective, hilarious, and loyal dudes by my side. Their wives are also amazing and I’m grateful to have new sisters in the mix!
My best friends Kat, Julie, Miri, and James have been there through thick and thin whether it is to hear songs I’ve just written or to dry tears I’ve just cried, I’ve got such amazing support and people that really know me.
My manager Dana Strum has believed in me from day zero and has been by my side and saw something in me before I even fully believed in myself. He has continued to mentor me and still encourages me to keep writing and keep learning.
My partner Paul was an early believer and continues to inspire me with his work ethic. He is as loyal as they come and I’m so grateful for his presence on this journey.
My music mate and dear friend David for adding his unique musical gifts and his upbeat spirit to all he does.
I am so thankful to the cities of Nashville and Las Vegas for welcoming my music and me and permanently imprinting their mark on my heart forever.
Erica with her Manager Dana Strum
The organizations Share a Meal, Capability Scotland, and others that I have had the utmost privilege of doing service work with for changing my life and inspiring me so deeply.
I am grateful to be able to focus on my health and wellness and nourish my body and mind with the earth’s delights.
Lastly, but arguably most important, is music. I am grateful to music for being my lifelong best friend, confidant, release, sanity, inspiration, and every other possible positive thing. I wake up each day so excited and grateful to be able to do what I love and create something out of nothing. I am so lucky to be alive and living in a world with all of the aforementioned people, places, and things.